I recently purchased a 2 week cruise in the caribbean that starts in around 50 days. I also purchased travelers insurance from United cruises (Access America). They (United Cruises) said at the time I could cancel for any reason and get a full refund. After talking to Access America tonight - it seems you need a medical emergency or death to cancel.
Anyway, the idea was for my fiance and I to get married on the cruise. Either at an island or ship. We were both very excited about this. I then found out I needed a passport or birth certificate. Here is the problem, I was born with one name and then had a given name at around age 12 when my mother married again. They never completed the adoption (just planned on it I guess), so all my IDs (drivers license, degrees, SSN, etc) have my given name with the birth certificate having my birth name.
Seems I cant cancel the trip and am into it for around $7000 now. Which is a lot of money for me. I am also worried that I may not be able to go if I simply cant prove I am a citizen. Even though I was born and raised in the USA my whole life.
Guess I was pretty naive about it since I have never travelled out of the country before, besides canada and mexico. Which never needed more than a picture ID when I went.
Princess said they will refund half my money since the insurance wont help. The airline said they wont give back a cent. This was supposed to be a wedding/honeymoon - but now things are looking pretty grim.
One person at princess suggested something about adding the other name with a hyphen in order to get on the ship. Just very worried that this could be a total disaster.